This Filipino Melon Drink known in the Philippines as Melon sa Malamig is one of the OG infused waters. It’s simply cantaloupe with lots of ice water. Perfect for a super hot day.
This is the drink of my childhood. Stringy melon in ice cold sugar water. It’s as simple as it sounds, just cantaloupe infused water. However in this case with water so so sweet it becomes quite thick. Hehe. No wonder I loved it so much.
In this version, we are going to keep the added sugar to a minimum. The key is to pick the sweetest cantaloupe to use so that you don’t have to add anything to this Filipino Melon Drink.
I asked some experts and this is what to look out for when you are shopping for a super sweet cantaloupe.
Now that you have your perfect super sweet cantaloupe, let’s make this Filipino Melon Drink. The key to extracting sweetness is to make sure you save all the juice coming out of the melon. Especially from the seeds.
So once you cut it open scoop it out and place it in a sieve over a bowl and start pressing out the juices. Reserve it while you prep the rest of the melon.
There are several ways to make the melon strings. One is to get a melon scraper. All you have to do is keep scraping until you get to the rind of the melon. It’s a good idea to place the melon you a scraping in a large bowl so that you don’t loose any of the sweet sweet juice.
Alternatively if you have a handy food processor with a grater attachment, cut the melon into 1/8 and run it through.
Once you have all the juice and the melon strings prepared, place everything in a large pitcher and cover with water. Leave it to sit for at least an hour (overnight is best to get the flavor marinating). Taste the melon infused water and if it’s a touch bland you can add a little date syrup to it. Just to make the cantaloupe flavor pop.
Serve it with lots of ice and a spoon so that you can eat the melon strings after you finish the water. It’s the best part of Melon sa Malamig (translates to Melon on Ice in Tagalog).
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